Originally Posted by meschaefer
Questions for you, the freezer you picked up, are you able to keep (or would you be able to keep) two carboys with airlocks in it? I am looking for a freezer to use just for fermentation.
Matt, I can easily keep two carboys with room for airlocks or blowoff tube, plus a blowoff jug plus a couple cases of bottles on the compressor hump (have to cut the top off the top box to get the lid to close), plus a few spare bottles stashed in the nooks and crannies. The freezer is the Frigidaire model LFFC09M5HWA 8.8 cu. ft. (advertised as 9 cu. ft.) model. The compressor hump is on the left side and extends all the way across from front to rear. The overall width of the inside is 36 inches wide by 16.5 inches front to back, and 28.25 inches deep (except for the part over the compressor hump). The compressor hump is 11.25 inches wide and 10 inches tall. In summary, I have a deep space, measuring 24.75 by 16.5 by 28.25 high and a shallow space measuring 11.25 by 16.5 by 18.25 high.
Thanks to the rest of you for your advice. I decided to go with the Johnson A419 as it was already packaged, as opposed to the Love which is designed for panel mount. I didn't want to cut a hole in my freezer or buy a box to mount the Love. I didn't have much luck finding a freezer on Craigslist, but I was in a hurry to start brewing again. For the second freezer or fridge, I'll have more time to look, so maybe I'll find something cheap - if so, I agree that would be a better way to go than building a separate chamber.
Edit - I can easily fit my 5 gallon glass carboy and my 6 gallon BB with airlocks in my freezer. I don't have a 6.5 gallon carboy, so don't know if it is short enough to fit.
Edit - corrected depth to 28.25 inches (was 24.75)